In what has been a series with more twists than a movie directed by M. Night Shamalyan, the Memphis Grizzlies look to stave off elimination once again in tonight’s Game 6 on the road against the Golden State Warriors. Memphis is coming off a 39-point rout over the Warriors in Game 5, but the Grizzlies must concentrate on three keys in order to force a Game 7.
Harass The Headband
The Grizzlies have excelled in frustrating Klay Thompson on the offensive end of the floor. Thompson is shooting just 40% from the floor in this series including just 32.7% from three. The Warriors’ sharpshooter has struggled to get anything going as his 16.2 PPG in the series is down from his regular season average of 20.4 PPG.
In fact, Memphis has had substantial success in containing Thompson and fellow splash brother Steph Curry. Curry is averaging 25 PPG on just 42.8% from the floor and the same 32% from three-point range. Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks has been instrumental in limiting damage from the perimeter, which has been a primary defensive focus for Memphis.
Steph Curry has a lower effective field goal percentage than Andrew Wiggins in this series.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) May 12, 2022
Klay Thompson has an eFG of 45 percent.
Draymond Green has a turnover ratio of 29.4 percent.
Clean The Glass
Since Steven Adams made his return to the lineup, the Grizzlies have been thriving in the painted area. Though Adams did not play significant minutes in Game 3, the Grizzlies’ big man brought down a total of 28 rebounds in Games 4 and 5.
Steven Adams creating 3 extra points with his 15th rebound and 3rd assist… pic.twitter.com/oXYkqV3x3l— Steven Adams Stats (@funakistats) May 10, 2022
Crashing the glass has been essential for Memphis throughout the season. Not only did the Grizzlies lead the NBA in rebounding during the regular season, but they have won the battle of the boards in five of their six playoff wins this postseason. Limiting the deadly Warriors shooters to just one shot per possession will be critical in Game 6.
Next Man Up
Though the Grizzlies will once again be without star point guard Ja Morant, the team has been able to find loads of success during the times Morant has been out of the lineup. By now everyone knows about the Grizzlies’ remarkable 20-5 regular season record sans Morant.
Memphis has been able to find production from unlikely candidates at different points in the playoffs. Xavier Tillman stepped up against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Zaiare Williams dropped 14 points in Game 2’s win over the Warriors.
Ja Morant tried to tell everybody: this team runs up the chimney.— Jessica Benson (@jessbensontv) May 12, 2022
Facing elimination, the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors 134-95.
They led by as many as 55 points. In a Western Conference Semifinals game.
This Grizzlies team under the direction of head coach Taylor Jenkins understands the assignment. Nobody has to do anything different than what he’s asked of them all season long, but the group must to continue to elevate its collective game in order to force a Game 7 in The Grindhouse.
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